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As We May Think: A 1945 Essay on Information Overload, “Curation,” and Open-Access Science

“There is a new profession of trail blazers, those who find delight in the task of establishing useful trails through the enormous mass of the common record.” Tim O’Reilly recently admonished that…
PUBLISHED: Oct. 11, 2012
LENGTH: 9 minutes (2386 words)

Break All the Way Down

The mother of my boyfriend’s youngest child called in the middle of the night. He was asleep, the heat from his body wrapping around us. I stared at the dark shadows of the ceiling fan lazily…
LENGTH: 24 minutes (6184 words)

Rude Boys

H ot Sauce Committee Part Two , out May 3, is, according to the Beastie Boys, a return to their fundamental smartassery after 2004 s uncharacteristically serious To the 5 Boroughs, which was, in…
PUBLISHED: April 24, 2011
LENGTH: 3 minutes (816 words)

E. B. White on the Free Press and the Evils of Corporate Interests in Media

16 MARCH, 2012 by Maria Popova “Sponsorship in the press is an invitation to corruption and abuse.” In 1923, a prominent journalist bemoaned the death of the editor and the rise of the…
PUBLISHED: March 16, 2012
LENGTH: 6 minutes (1605 words)